In the world of factory automation, DIN rail provides an easy way to clip various electronics to an electrical panel. These can take the form of PLCs, motor controllers, connectors, and the like, and now with the Raspberry Pi being implemented for uses such as data tracking in this realm, there’s a need to secure it without having to drill custom holes.
For this purpose, check out this set of DIN mount clips for Raspberry Pi from INUX3D. Two of these 3D-printed clips screw onto the Pi, allowing it to attach to the rails with ease. While an industrial cabinet would be the obvious use for such a device, they also offer a desktop DIN rail stand, which would be ideal for testing before deployment.
As for what “DIN” stands for, it’s the Deutsches Institut für Normung, or German Institute for Standardization. Interestingly I worked in industry for many years, using the term “din rail” without knowing what the term literally meant. Of course, acronyms evolve and transcend their original meaning all the time, whatever the language. You can probably think of a few arrangements of letters that you use, but don’t quite know where they originated!